D-backs prospect pilots Mobile's 20-3 stomping of Pensacola
By Andrew Pentis / Special to MLB.com | July 8, 2012 5:14 PM ET
Marc Krauss is spending his second straight season playing for Double-A Mobile. It's looking like his last.
The D-backs' No. 20 prospect lifted two longballs and drove in a career-high six runs in the BayBears' 20-3 shellacking of the host Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The 20 runs and 18 hits represented season highs for the Southern League South Division's first-half title holders.
Batting cleanup and playing right field, Krauss flew out to right and singled in the fourth for just one of three hits against Blue Wahoos spot starter David Serrano over the game's first four innings. But when Serrano -- who took Futures Game participant Kyle Lotzkar's spot in the rotation -- exited, the BayBears feasted.
In between left fielder Bobby Borchering's grand slam in the fifth and pinch-hitter Daniel Kaczrowski's slam in the ninth, the left-handed hitting Krauss went deep twice. He smacked a three-run shot in the sixth off of left-hander Chris Manno and a three-run blast in the seventh off of righty Curtis Partch.
"I got some help with the wind on the first one. The second one I hit well," said Krauss, who pulled a 2-2 fastball in the sixth and an 0-2 changeup in the seventh. "They still have to throw another strike to you with two. That's the way I look at it."
Krauss' third multi-homer game of his four-year career was his first since June 25, 2010, when he was at Class A Advanced Visalia. He also collected his previous single-game best in RBIs (five) in a June 29, 2010 game. These dates aren't so coincidental. While he went deep 16 times in 2011, it was something of a lost season. He told MLB.com in March that his campaign was, in part, less than stellar because of a lack of physical conditioning.
Listed at 235 pounds these days, Arizona's second-round draftee in 2009 appears plenty fit. The numbers bear this out.
"I feel a lot better at the plate than I did last year," he said. "I just got back to the basics in the offseason. I'm not trying to do too much."
First baseman Kyle Greene (three runs) and shortstop Chris Owings (two runs) matched Krauss with a game-high three hits apiece.
David Holmberg (2-1) pitched six innings of two-run ball. The D-backs' No. 7 prospect gave up five hits and struck out five.
"David had a good sinker going today," Krauss said. "He's going to get a lot of his outs that way."
Blue Wahoos right-hander Brian Pearl, who preceded fellow relievers Manno and Partch, was charged with the BayBears' first five runs. Pearl (0-1) recorded two outs before exiting in the fifth.
Lotzkar, the Reds' No. 18 prospect, pitched a scoreless inning for the Futures' World Team. In his absence, the Blue Wahoos were forced to employ all seven members of their bullpen.
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